How to Practice the Zen of Effortless Travel

Zen of Travel

Does even the thought of travel stress you out?

Do you dread the packing, preparing, and then waiting at the airport?

Travel doesn’t have to be that way.

You don’t need to be so stressed out with the journey that you can’t enjoy your destination.

Here are a few tips to make your travel just a bit easier…

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10 Lies Disorganized People Like to Tell

Unproductive People

Disorganized people leave a wake of non-productivity in their path.

They impact not only themselves, but entire teams around them.

And yet, disorganized individuals love to deny their disorganization.

They will say almost anything to cover their lack of getting things done.

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You’ll Regret Not Capturing These 10 Pieces of Information

Information Capture

When you need a piece of information, is it at your fingertips?

Or are you constantly chasing your info like papers in the wind?

It is important to capture those finer details now, so that you will have them later.

What information are you not capturing that you will need in the future?

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Why Aren’t You Using What You Already Have?

Today’s topic is life clutter.

Specifically, those things that we have, but we are not utilizing.

Ironically, sometimes these items are crucial to our safety and/or well-being.

Yet, we let them sit idle hoping that we might use them someday.

What do you have that you’re not using?

The Unused Helmet

I was at a friend’s house the other day and I saw a red bicycle helmet sitting on a table.

It appeared new, and I asked him if it was.

He replied, “No, I got that when I bought my bike last year. I just never use it.”

I jokingly said, “Well, I hope you’re wearing it the day you need it.”

The conversation ended there, but it got me thinking about other important items that we have but we don’t use.

What do you have that you aren’t using?

  • Gym Membership – Having a gym membership may make your feel good, but using it is what gets you in shape. Why are you paying for it, if you aren’t using it? By the way, this is why gym’s love annual contracts.
  • BlueTooth Headsets – Why are you talking on your phone in your car while your headset is sitting back at the office?
  • Seatbelts/Helmets – Safety items can’t protect you if you don’t use them.
  • Alarm System – Why are you paying for that fancy home alarm system if you never set it? And “it’s too much trouble” isn’t going to cut it after something happens.
  • Employee Benefits – Do you have benefits (that you are paying for) that you aren’t using? Many people do not fully use the benefits that they are eligible for from their job.
  • Credits/Gift Cards – I bet you have at least one gift card sitting in a drawer. Or an unused credit that will expire at some point. (Airline ticket?)
  • Subscriptions – Magazine subscriptions, clubs, and more. If you don’t regularly utilize them, then unsubscribe.

Use It or Lose It

We all have items that we bought or acquired because we thought they would serve us well.

However, if you let them sit idle they can’t serve their purpose.

Additionally, they clutter up your life both physically and mentally. (That exercise equipment that is always in the way. Or the subscription that you have been meaning to cancel forever…)

Here are some tips to deal with your unused items:

  • Use Them – Some items are important, yet we still don’t use them. That alarm isn’t going to do much good if you don’t turn it on. Nor is that helmet if it is sitting at home. Make an effort to start new habits with the items that you should be using.
  • Get Rid of Clutter – You are probably saying, “But, I might need it someday.” Yet, that exercise equipment is covered in clothes at the moment. (As it has been for months.) Get rid of items that you are no longer using.
  • Stop Paying for Them – That gym membership you have used twice in 18 months? Cancel it. The magazine subscription that has piled up on the living room end-table? Unsubscribe. Save yourself the cost and the trouble.
  • Give Them to Someone That Will Use Them – If you aren’t going to use them, then give them to someone who will. Sell them on eBay. Or donate them to Goodwill.

What Do You Have That You Are Not Using?

In a society that is obsessed with the acquisition of more stuff, you probably don’t use many of the things you have.

Some of those items are important to your safety or well-being, yet you leave them idle.

Instead of worrying about what you don’t have, take a hard look at what you do have but aren’t using.

And by all means, turn on that alarm system when you leave the house.

Share in the Comments: What items or services do you have that you are not using?

The Truth About Piles and Your Productivity

I was in a client’s office recently as they were getting ready for a meeting.

They were looking for a document. (Actually, they were frantically looking for a piece of paper.)

I asked if could help.

As they moved piles around their desk, they replied, “No… I put it right here. I know where it is.”

Apparently not.

Five minutes later, they gave up looking for the document and headed off to a meeting (late!) without their reference materials.

Piles Are Not Organization

People tell me all the time that their messy desk is organized.

“I know where everything is!”

“It works this way.”

“This is my system.”

The truth is… people pile things up because they don’t have a way to organize their work.

“Piles are not organization.

They are a procrastinator’s excuse to avoid organizing.”

Piles don’t let you find your work.

They aren’t an efficient way to store your important things.

In fact, piles are slow.

Ditch the Piles

The next time you are looking for something that is buried in your piles, think twice about adding to the problem.

Here are just a few tips to help you avoid the piles:

  • Put It Away Now! – The next time you are “piling” things up, ask yourself how much longer it would take to put things away right. It may take a couple extra minutes now, but will save you even more time and effort in the future.
  • Have a System – Many people create piles because they do not have a system for organizing their stuff. Whether it is papers at work or supplies at home, invest in the filing or organization tools you need to put things in order. A filing cabinet or shelving system can make all the difference.
  • Clean Your Desk Regularly – One way to keep the piles in check is to have a regular clean-up session. I clean up my desk and surrounding workspace every Friday before I depart the office. Not only does it keep things in check, but it sets me up for a clean start to the next week.
  • Throw It Out – I am a big believer in disposing of things that you will not need again. “If in doubt, throw it out!” More likely than not, you will not need that paper again. Or that random item. Trash it, donate it, or give it to someone who can use it.
  • Go Paperless – Paper is always one of the main things than people pile. However, it is easier than ever to go paperless. Eliminate paper bills and opt for e-bills. Scan or take pictures of documents. File your e-documents via Evernote or Dropbox.

Piles Are Slow

Piles are not organization.

They are not part of an organizing solution.

Take a few minutes today to address the piles in your life.

Question: Are piles part of your organization system? What are your best tips to avoid piling things up?